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Nannilam is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 10°53′N 79°37′E / 10.88°N 79.62°E / 10.88; 79.62Coordinates: 10°53′N 79°37′E / 10.88°N 79.62°E / 10.88; 79.62
StateTamil Nadu
7 m (23 ft)
 • Total9,880
 • OfficialTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationTN-50

Nannilam is a panchayat town in Thiruvarur District in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the headquarters town for Nannilam Taluk. The history of the town revolves around Madhuvaneswarar Temple, the major temple in the town.

The town is a main hub for the nearby villages. Many of the population are farmers. This is the native place of Tamil film director Kailasam Balachander, lyricist Piraisoodan and cinematographer R. Madhi. Nannilam is located 30 km west of Karaikal and 30 km east of Kumbakonam. The people mainly depend on agriculture, almost 70% of the population are employed in agriculture,

Most of the villages developed along the river banks. The Thriumalai rajan river (branch of Cauvery) flows in Nannilam taluk. On the bank of Tirumalarajanar River, One Sai Baba temple was established in local Siddhi Vinayak temple at Jaganthapuram.


Nanillam is one of the many temple towns in the state which is named after the grooves, clusters or forests dominated by a particular variety of a tree or shrub and the same variety of tree or shrub sheltering the presiding deity. The region is believed to have been covered with Madhu forest and hence called Madhuvanam.[1] Nannilam houses Madhuvaneswarar Temple, an old Shiva temple which is located center of the town. It is a padal petra sthalam, listed 71st in the southern bank of the River Kaveri.[2]

Nearby temples[edit]

Nannilam surrounding area is home to many ancient temples. The Saraswathy Amman temple (one of the rare Saraswathy amman temples in South India) is located at Koothanur (near Poonth thootam), 8 km from Nannilam.[3] This place was known as "Ambalpuri", about 1000 years ago at which time the Sri Lalithambikai Temple in Thirumeeyachur (Constructed by Kunthavai Naachiyaar, Sister of Rajarajan Chola) was built, an awe-inspiring example of Chola architecture.

  • Sri Saraswathy Amman temple, Koothanur (near Poonthottam)[4]
  • Sri Somanatha Swamy Temple, Achuthamangalam
  • Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Achuthamangalam
  • Sri Veeramaga Kaliyamman Temple, Sakkara Kothangudi - 609503
  • Mudikondan Sri Kothandaramar temple, Sri prasana venkatesa permual temple,sri kaliamman temple
  • Siddhi Vinayak & Saibaba temple, Jaganathapuram (Near Nemmeli), Just 6 km from Nannilam. To reach this Saibaba temple from Nannilm, Nallumangudi, Kammangudi and to Jaganthapuram
  • 1000-year-old Sri Lalithambikai Temple in Thirumeeyachur -Peralam (Constructed by Kunthavai Naachiyaar, Sister of Rajarajan Chola)
  • Sri Svarnakaliamman Temple
  • Sri Veeramaakaaliyamman Temple
  • Sandhuveli Mariamman Kovil
  • Panchamuga Anjaneya Temple at Vadagudi
  • Sri Pasupathiswarar kovil, Thirukondeeswarm
  • SriVanchiyam Temple
  • Kaliamman kovil & old Siva temple, Kammangudi(Near Nannilam)
  • Mariamman kovil, thengudi(Near Nannilam)
  • Anjenayur kovil Near Nemmeli (Siginifigance of this temple is Lord Anjenaya studying Ramayan)
  • Saibaba Temple in Moolangudi near nannilam.
  • Aruḷmiku pettaṉār pāṭṭai aiyaṉār cuvāmi kōvil, அருள்மிகு பெத்தனார் பாட்டை ஐயனார் சுவாமி கோவில் ....மனுவை.
  • Sri Gnambigai amman temple,Thirumeignanam-609403
  • Sri Bathrakaliyamman temple,Thirumeignanam-609403
  • Sri Mariyamman temple,Thirumeignanam-609403


According to the 2001 Indian census,[5] Nannilam then had a population of 9880. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Nannilam has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 68%. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Nannilam assembly constituency (SC) is part of Nagapattinam (Lok Sabha constituency).[6]

The Population density (people per km2)of Nannilam assembly constituency is just 60 against India’s 393.83 in 2010 (Just 15% of average India's Population density) .


  • Ezhumalaiyan polytechnic at Kollumangudi
  • Arooran Polytechnic at Sorakudi
  • Central University at Vandampalai, Tiruvarur District
  • Tamil Nadu ITI at Vandampalai.
  • Merit Higher Secondary School at Senthamangalam, Tiruvarur District
  • Sankara Matriculation (CBSE Syllabus) School at Peralam
  • Government Higher Secondary School and High School at Nannilam, Peralam, Poonthottam, Mudikondan, Srivanjiam
  • George Higher Secondary School at Vishnupuram, Eravanchery, Nannilam Taluk
  • Panchayat Union School at Kammangudi, Vadagudi (post), Nannilam Taluk
  • Panchayat Union Primary School at Moolangudi,Anaikuppam(post),Nannilam Taluk
  • Maha Jana Sabha govt aided elementary school established by Vadhyaar Somu Iyer, vadhyaar Venugopala ayyar and later succeeded by Sethurama Iyer.
  • Thangam Nadunilai Palli Nallamagudi.
  • Panchayat Union Elementary School,thirumaignanam-609403

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reddy, G.Venkatramana (2013). Alayam - The Hindu temple - An epitome of Hindu Culture. Mylapore, Chennai: Sri Ramakrishna Math. p. 10. ISBN 978-81-7823-542-4.
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  5. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  6. ^ "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2008-10-12.